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Old 07-27-2017, 02:39 PM
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Looks like its going to rain a lot in the arapaho national forest area. A friend and I are looking to visit, I've never been out west, and I've heard its part of the rainy/monsoon season in Colorado. We will be arriving this Sunday.

Do you usually get big downpours? When it rains where I'm from, we get slammed, and if it rains hard then hiking might not be a good idea. We're mostly interested in finding nice trails, not so much exploring the city.

However, if its a steady drizzle and I wont be knee deep in mud, then im ok with it.

What are your thoughts? Like I said I've never been out west, ive always lived in Appalachia(Pennsylvania, Georgia, visited all down the east coast) and I only know what our weather is like.

I posted this in the boulder section, but on second thought, the post makes more sense here.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:50 PM
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Hiking in the Colorado mountains means starting early. Rain is almost always in the afternoon/evening and when it comes it might be severe. I go hiking in our mountains regularly, and I start as early as possible after sunrise and make plans in most cases to be done by noon or earlier depending on the forecast.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:15 PM
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We rarely get heavy rain, and when we do it is generally for a short period of time. Up high there is always the chance of afternoon thundershowers, so remember to stay below the tree line and away from exposed areas in the afternoon.

Also, extended weather forecasts are a lot less accurate here compared to PA. You might get beautiful blue bird skies.

Enjoy your visit!
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:38 PM
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Drink lots of water upon arrival, stay hydrated or altitude sickness way well get you. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses are a must. If hiking in the mountains be aware that during monsoon season lightning is a big issue after noon time which is when most experienced hikers here will be OFF the mountain.
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:31 PM
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2-5 pm is the most likely time for rain. Could get a lot or mainly tease & thunder.
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:46 PM
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Enjoy your trip. I lived the bulk of my life in the Phila area. Been out here for almost 10 years and would never go back.

Drizzle is uncommon. Rain/storms can be very localized. As already stated, the most likely time for storms is the afternoon. Get an early start and try to be off the mountain by 1 PM. And pay attention to everything Mike from back east said.
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